Kung Fu Panda-helmer Mark Osborne’s animated The Little Prince has a Special Screening berth in Cannes next month, the second time he’s had a movie open out of competition at the festival. The adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic and timeless novella comes with a twist: It’s framed by the story of a young girl with an overachieving mother whose new next door neighbor is an old aviator. He recounts to her his tale of crashing in a desert and meeting a boy from a distant planet. Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais and Albert Brooks all lend their voices to the cast.
Wild Bunch handled sales on the pic that Paramount is releasing in North America, although no date has been set. The French release is July 29. Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux has steadily made animation a key element in the proceedings — he put Shrek in Competition in his first year selecting the lineup. Check out the international Little Prince trailer below: